Cold Rain & Snow, Wang Dang Doodle, Jack A Roe, Big River-> Maggie's Farm, Row Jimmy, Black Throated Wind, Tennessee Jed, The Music Never Stopped
Help On The Way-> Slipknot!-> Franklin's Tower, Estimated Prophet-> Dark Star-> Drums-> Jam-> Stella Blue-> Turn On Your Love Light, E: It's All Over Now Baby Blue
This show has been released by the Grateful Dead as View from the Vault II. Please do not trade the "unknown SBD" version (may be found with 7/12/90 filler) as it could well be a pirated copy of this release.
March 17, 2016 Subject:
Nice show like buckeye lake better perfect matrix
December 29, 2015 Subject:
Yoakam and Jokem
I always thought Dwight Yoakam was a weird choice for opener but I remember there were a few years when he had indie cred and was appearing everywhere. The gods know why that aligned - not that he isn't great at his genre, but intentionally-twanged straight rock for straights and the Dead are hardly likely partners. I couldn't sit through something that contrived (post full-moon encounter with a succubus, my arm was in a cast this tour, which made partying...strange). Little Feat opened the next couple nights - all football stadium stops.
First Set. There's a nice flow to otherwise standard '91 versions - when Bruce pwns the show this happens. He's the one that looks at the size of the crowd, the amount of capital/fan-emotional investments changing hands, and decides to be a professional musician. A Bruce '91 show always has some moments where he does something cool. They pitch a strong Wang Dang and there's a rompish Maggie's Farm with everybody psyched to hit their measures (as is apparent on the DVD). The sets goes out fine with Music Never Stopped.
Second Set. Long for '91, @ 1:40. It's a helluva Slipknot! with Bruce right on top. Help>Slip>Franks is 25 minutes of above-average. Bobby's voice then checks out for Estimated and though not a complete trainwreck, it's damn well unfocused. Dark Star was often a set highpoint in '91. This was a couple days before they teased it 6 times in one show. Bobby gets into Lovelight, pumping it up. It's All Over Now, Baby Blue is the Bruce-on-accordion '91 stylee. The rest is average. It's with the ensemble pieces where they're bouncing off each other that Spring '91 gets good.
1st Set: C 2nd Set: C+
Overall = 3 Stars
Maggie's Farm - Taking the dog for a walk
>Slipknot!> - Best jam of the week
SOURCES: The entire show is on View from the Vault II DVD/CD (which also includes part of the lesser 7/12/90 show and one track from the superior 6/9/91 show). The SBD sounds the same but the Dusborne matrix is more engaging than either of those sources, adding needed excitement and with ideal ratios.